Russia is so confident in its COVID-19 vaccine that it will shoulder some of the legal liability should anything go wrong, rather than requiring buyers to take on the full risk, the head of the state fund bankrolling the project told Reuters.The decision leaves the vaccine’s state-backed developers open to potentially costly compensation claims should there be any unexpected side-effects. It is something many vaccine-makers have sought to avoid, by asking for full indemnity – complete protection from liability claims – from nations they sell to.The approach is different from many places in the world. In the United States, for example, liability for COVID-19 vaccines has been shifted fully to the U.S. government. This shields the developers because widespread inoculation against the disease is considered a benefit to society. Topics : With the global vaccine race hotting up, and dozens of candidates being tested on humans, backers of Russia’s ‘Sputnik-V’ shot see liability as a key battleground as they aim to capture market share.”Russia is so confident in its vaccine that it has not asked for full indemnity and this is a major differentiating factor versus any Western vaccine,” said Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the state sovereign wealth fund that is backing the vaccine.”All of them are asking for full indemnity of legal risks.”Dmitriev did not say whether buyers of the Russian vaccine would be asked to take on partial liability, and did not give details about indemnity clauses. His representatives said he had nothing more to add. However, the health secretary of the Brazilian state of Bahia, which plans to buy 50 million doses of Russia’s vaccine, told Reuters the legal risks would be carried by Russian entities.Vaccine developers around the world are compressing years of development into months, raising the possibility of unexpected consequences and making the issue of compensation claims a key point in supply deal negotiations.For example, British drugmaker AstraZeneca, which has developed a vaccine with Oxford University, has been granted full protection from any future liability claims by many countries with which it has signed supply deals, a senior executive told Reuters in July.Dmitriev’s comments came after some scientists expressed concerns about the safety and efficacy of Sputnik-V, which the Russian government approved for use before completing large-scale human trials.Brazilian buyersSputnik-V was developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, a state research body. The RDIF, which is marketing the vaccine abroad, will shoulder some of the legal risks in supply contracts along with pharmaceutical firms in the fund’s portfolio which are producing the shot.”We are confident in the long-term consequences,” Dmitriev said. “We are putting our money where our mouth is by not asking for full indemnity in partnerships we create in different countries.”Thus far, RDIF has announced deals to supply just over 200 million doses, half to Latin America and half to India. The fund says it has orders for as much as 1 billion doses.Fábio Vilas-Boas, health secretary of Brazil’s Bahia state, which is placing the 50-million-dose order, told Reuters the legal risks would be carried by the Russian pharmaceutical firms producing and supplying the vaccine.”In the case of any adverse event, nothing will stop people who feel they have been harmed from filing a class action against any of the pharmaceutical companies,” said Fábio Vilas-Boas, who negotiated the testing and letter of intent with RDIF.Neither Bahia nor Paraná, a Brazilian state which plans to conduct trials of Sputnik-V on 10,000 volunteers, have actually signed contracts for supply of the vaccine, according to Bahia’s Vilas-Boas and the Paraná state governor’s chief of staff, Guto Silva, who also negotiated with the Russian side.Thus far, deals have been formalized only in memorandums of understanding, as contracts are awaiting the vaccine’s approval by Brazil’s health regulators.Insurance for volunteersRussia has staked its scientific reputation on the results after approving the vaccine for domestic use before mass testing had even begun, becoming the first country to license a COVID-19 vaccine.Late-stage trials, known as Phase III, are currently ongoing in Russia, with at least 40,000 volunteers taking part. Initial results are expected in October or November.Volunteers in its Phase III trial are unpaid, but their insurance is covered, including a payout of 2 million rubles ($26,430) in case of death, one volunteer told Reuters.RDIF also expects to run trials of the vaccine abroad, with plans already in place with Indian pharmaceutical firm Dr Reddy’s and with Brazil’s Paraná state, both pending regulatory approval.Many people involved in the Sputnik-V’s development, including Dmitriev, have tried the jab on themselves in a bid to convince the world of the safety of a Russian-made vaccine.Dmitriev said he was not concerned about the risk of compensation claims against RDIF.”We know it will not happen. Because the vaccine has been studied for decades,” he said.”We know we will not have … billions and billions of liabilities because we have a proven platform and they don’t,” he said. “Simple.”
Flag Order, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered the United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff to honor former U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, 56, who died Monday, January 6, 2020, after a battle with cancer.“Mike Fitzpatrick honorably served Bucks County as a commissioner and as a congressman, fighting to make our communities stronger and find compromise in a bipartisan way,” said Gov. Wolf. “After receiving a cancer diagnosis in the prime of his life, he chose to not just courageously fight, but to share his story with the hope of giving strength to others. He will be greatly missed, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”The U.S. and commonwealth flags should be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, January 6, 2020, and also on the day of interment, which has not yet been announced. The commonwealth flag was previously ordered to half-staff on Monday, January 6, in honor of Rostraver West Newton Emergency Services Paramedic Matthew Smelser.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. January 06, 2020 Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Former Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Kodi Nikorima at a Brisbane Broncos training session in Brisbane. Image: AAP/Dave Hunt.IF you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live like a rugby league player, now’s your chance to find out.Brisbane Broncos’ halfback Kodi Nikorima has just listed his home for rent in Mango Hill. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This house in Mango Hill is available for short-term lease.The near-new property is available for short term lease only for $600 a week and is decked out with all the mod cons you can think of. The stylish four-bedroom, two-bathroom house on 548 sqm comes with ducted airconditioning, an inground pool and outdoor entertaining deck and a solar system. HOME SALE SMASHES SUBURB RECORD More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The ensuite in the house for lease in Mango Hill.Regular pool maintenance and a mowing service are included in the rent.The home is pet friendly and close to transport, schools and daycare centres.The property is available for lease from August 24 until the end of November this year through Aura Rental Management — North Lakes. INCREDIBLE PROFIT FOR PENTHOUSE PARADISE The outdoor entertaining deck at the house in Mango Hill.The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with double sink and shower. The open plan living and kitchen area of the house.The 24-year-old Kiwi international joined the Broncos in March of 2015 and is tipped to be first in line for the number seven jersey.Records show he bought the Mango Hill property in 2016 for $575,000, a year after it was built.
The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export project in Oregon. In addition, FERC will prepare an EIS for the accompanying 233-mile-long pipeline.The FERC is the lead federal agency for the preparation of the document. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Energy, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bonneville Power Administration are cooperating agencies and can adopt the EIS for their respective purposes and permitting actions.The commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the Jordan Cove LNG terminal is in the public interest and the Pacific Connector Pipeline is in the public convenience and necessity.With the notice, FERC opened the scoping period inviting comments on the proposed project. The scoping period ends on July 10.The LNG terminal would include five liquefaction trains and two full containment LNG storage tanks. It would be designed to liquefy about 1.04 billion cubic feet per day (7.8 mtpa) of LNG for export to markets across the Pacific Rim.Following the agreement under which Pembina Pipeline Corporation will acquire Veresen in a transaction valued at C$9.7 billion ($7.10 billion), the Jordan Cove LNG project will be 100 percent owned by Pembina.
Flexential, provider of hybrid IT data center solutions, has completed the $32-million expansion of its data center outside Portland, Oregon. The 115,000-square foot expansion brings the data center to 240,000 square feet and boasts international connectivity.The Portland data center houses the U.S. cable landing station for the Hawaiki submarine cable, which delivers the first carrier-neutral, low-latency connection between the continental U.S., Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and American Samoa.The New Cross Pacific (NCP) subsea cable also lands in Brookwood, delivering up to 80 Terabits per second of capacity to reduce latency between the U.S. and the Asian markets of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China. Both cables serve as an extension of Flexential’s FlexAnywhere network fabric, which provides connectivity from the data center and cloud to the edge.“We are extremely proud of this data center, our largest in Oregon. It benefits from a holistic design approach, with all systems and components contributing to maximum efficiency, allowing us to pass along cost savings to our customers,” said Chris Downie, CEO at Flexential. “The efficient design, coupled with direct, low-latency connections that span the U.S. and provide access to Asia-Pacific, make it an ideal location for companies seeking a cost-efficient IT infrastructure solution complete with capacity to expand and a global connectivity reach.”
Share Share Sharing is caring! 56 Views no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Easter with the eyes of faith by: – April 24, 2011 Tweet Share Photo credit: CNN-online.org.ukAnother name for ritual is repetition. Rituals save us from starting from scratch every time something important to us needs commemoration. All we have to do is perform the ritual.It is said that we live in an age alien to this practice; and yet, when news of President Kennedy’s death reached the streets, to cite one famous example, impromptu candle processions formed everywhere. People did not turn in their grief to speech-making. They turned spontaneously to ritual. Holy Week is all ritual, culminating in the ceremony of darkness and light of Holy Saturday, and the great Exultet proclamation.Not every day is a day for significant ritual, where great deliberation goes into preparation and execution. Some days require it, and are incomplete without it. Easter would not be Easter if the accompaniments were just thurible and incense.At another level, every year, the details of the account in Scripture of the Resurrection are pored over. New explanations are often offered for some details, but the ground has essentially been covered before, and nothing really new emerges. The miracle remains the same: he is not here, he is risen!Easter ritual allows us to experience afresh the foundations of faith every time we commemorate the occasion. St. Paul put it simply and fundamentally in First Corinthians: “If Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain.” Your hope too, of course, but he didn’t have to say it.Some difference exists in the way the resurrection was experienced at the beginning and how later generations have done so. The single constant in all the early testimonies is an appeal to sight: “I have seen the Lord.” St. Paul felt excluded from this special band of witnesses, until his Damascus experience allowed him to say: “I too have seen.” It was a privileged, unrepeatable time, when the risen Lord was seen and, as John said in his First Letter, touched and verified.This does not mean that faith was not required. Early witnesses had to trust that their eyes were not deceiving them, that sight was not illusory. Nothing in their experience and tradition had led them to expect anything like it. The dialogue between the disciples on the road to Emmaus makes it clear that the crucifixion represented complete devastation. Then, a man whose brutal death was witnessed by crowds, who was buried in a sealed tomb, had reportedly returned to visit his companions. This is the man they now claimed to “see.”Faith then as now did not depend on proof. What proof could there have been? The moment of resurrection was not a visible event. No one could come forward as an eyewitness. The empty tomb did not constitute proof either. Other explanations were possible, as the gospels themselves indicate. The body could have been “taken away” by someone, as Mary lamented when she arrived at the tomb that morning.What faith attested to then was not an absence, but a special form of presence. This is the distinctive Easter fact in the gospels. It is what empowered the disciples, and it’s where the continuities in resurrection faith, past and present, crucially begin.Faith today responds to the resurrection as a continuing presence. The privilege of “seeing” is no longer ours. We cannot say “I too have seen the Lord.” What we can say is “I too have met him.” Presence now means that the Lord is accessible; he can be met; people keep meeting him, and meeting him continues to change their lives.The experience is something one must desire. St. Augustine set great store by desire in trying to explain the manner and the extent to which God pervades our lives. As Jesus once turned to ask the strangers following him: “What is it that you seek?” Such desiring takes many forms. Doing so actively and deliberately in prayer is one way. More ordinarily perhaps, it’s a matter of what loyalties one perseveres in surrendering to, how one keeps one’s heart inclined and oriented.The experience also transforms. The early witnesses were considered drunk because of change the resurrection had effected in them. Conversion, which is really resurrection encounter by another name, clearly also testifies to this. When it occurs, the experience is always felt as amazing; it transforms blindness into sight, and it brings the convert into a life of new, enlightened awareness.It is such witnesses, who have met the Lord, and are continually transformed by him, who are “sent.” Who else will make the world over; who else can possibly transform it? Such witnessing is a way of saying to the world: ‘I am the message I preach.’ I am reminded here of St. Francis’ instruction to his followers as he once sent them out: preach the gospel by all means possible, he said, and if it’s really necessary, you could even use words.Evangelization is essentially not a matter of giving doctrine. It works in a far more holistic way through the witness displayed in a life. It is life, not doctrine, that attracts and persuades. Method and approach are always important in evangelization, but lives transformed by resurrection faith will always be the surest and best of its techniques.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.d
Sam Allardyce has placed West Ham’s defence on alert for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Upton Park. “It was always going to be settled at the end of the season. Whether I’m staying or going, that hasn’t been decided yet,” Allardyce said on Thursday. “Nearly two years ago when we finished 10th in the Premier League, I signed a contract on May 29, which was probably a good two weeks after the season had finished. “At the end of this season we will sit down and negotiate. The outcome will be made known to everyone once those negotiations have finished. “Speculation about the club not being happy with me or me not being happy with them is bound to happen.” Allardyce admits his desire to stay at Upton Park is dependent on him receiving a number of assurances. “It depends on the contract. There’s a lot of areas to negotiate, not just my contract but the staff, new players and the budget. As well as that it’s about the direction we think we’re going in,” he said. “We’re going in the right direction, it’s a question of how fast we want to move. All that needs to be discussed and agreed.” West Ham are likely to start Alex Song against Everton. Song made his comeback from a back injury as a substitute against Aston Villa and is in line to play the full 90 minutes. Everton manager Roberto Martinez will gamble on his younger players should the side qualify for the early stages of the Europa League. Saturday’s match at West Ham is being billed as a decider for a place in Europe’s second-tier tournament after England were awarded another place via the Fair Play League. Liverpool top the table but as they are likely to earn their spot via their league position the Hammers and Everton, second and third respectively, are next in line. Whoever gets the place faces the prospect of playing a competitive match on July 2, a time when the first-team squad will have barely returned from their summer break. There is the added complication of pre-season preparations, with Everton due to play in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore in mid-July, but Martinez is confident should his side qualify for the Europa League it will not affect his long-term planning as a number of the club’s promising youngsters will be asked to step up. “The Fair Play position is that there are two games to play and we will see where that will take us but I would welcome whatever comes our way,” he said. “All the younger players will be available to compete in the earlier rounds and it would show the good work we are doing behind the scenes with the youngsters. “It would bring terrific experience and from that point on we would see how far we can progress. “The preparations in pre-season wouldn’t change for the first team. “We are well-prepared either way; if we have a qualifying game at that point we have the team of a younger generation ready to face that and they would embrace that. “We are talking about something that is not in front of us – but we have to put these things in place.“ Left-back Leighton Baines has been ruled out of Everton’s final two matches after undergoing ankle surgery, so Luke Garbutt is likely to deputise at West Ham. Midfielder Steven Pienaar is still not ready to return from a muscle injury so misses a fifth successive match, meaning Martinez will select from the same players – minus Baines – who lost at home to Sunderland last weekend. Press Association West Ham have two wins from their last 14 matches, leaving them in 10th place with 47 points having occupied the Champions League places at Christmas. “We want to get over the 50-point mark. We’re all hugely disappointed that we haven’t managed it yet and we should have done it by now,” Allardyce said. “We could easily be in the mid 50s but due to a few lapses in concentration we’re not quite there. “Hopefully on Saturday the boys will go out and put the chances that we will create away. We want to win our last home game and try and to enjoy the game. “We’ve been able to enjoy the majority of the season. We haven’t brushed with relegation this season at all, not for a minute. We’ve scored more goals and got more points.” Meanwhile, Allardyce insists his West Ham future has yet to be decided with negotiations over a new contract beginning only once the season is finished. Hammers owners David Sullivan and David Gold are reported to view Slaven Bilic and David Moyes as potential successors to Allardyce, whose contract expires this summer. Allardyce is unpopular among supporters while the club’s end of season slide down the Premier League table has done little to strengthen the 60-year-old’s hand when talks begin. Lukaku has scored twice already against the Hammers this season and Allardyce fears the threat he poses to his team’s hopes of halting their slide down the table. “We have to make sure we stop Lukaku because he always scores against us, that’s something we have to do. He scores every time we play them,” Allardyce said.
April 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___British Grand Prix organizers say they are talking to the government about the viability of holding the Formula One race on July 19 with no fans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The season was due to begin in March but no races have been possible so far.Silverstone circuit managing director Stuart Pringle wrote an email to ticket buyers saying he is “extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans.”Pringle says organizers left the decision for as long as possible “but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions … that a Grand Prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.“___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The Latest: British GP planning for F1 race with no fans
Associated Press July 30, 2020 Swiss special prosecutor opens criminal case against FIFA chief Infantino Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGENEVA (AP) — Swiss special prosecutor opens criminal case against FIFA chief Infantino.